The Indian food processing industry has emerged as the ‘sunrise sector’ and has the potential to transform the rural economy. This sector has already been focused upon by the Government under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The agriculture sector itself contributes 30 per cent to the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) and employs more than 57 per cent of the workforce. West Bengal is one of the largest contributors towards agricultural production in the country. It is the largest producer of rice and pineapple in India and second largest producer of potatoes and lychees. The State of West Bengal acts as an important base of raw materials for the food processing industry with natural resources favorable for producing a wide range of agriculture and horticulture products. The state is a key producer of fisheries and marine produce having six agro-climatic zones suitable for agriculture, horticulture and fisheries. West Bengal provides financial incentives and various other policy incentives to modernize and mechanize the food processing industry.
The government of India, under the umbrella scheme of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana also extends financial aids to promote food processing industry across India. This scheme is focused on the creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to the retail outlet. Thus every stakeholder right from farmers to retailers will be benefited.
It is against this backdrop, the Confederation of Indian Industry with the support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, is organizing the 3rd edition of Food Processing Conclave – Redefining Prosperity on Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 0930 hrs at ITC Sonar, Kolkata.
The conference would deliberate on creating a roadmap for the overall growth and development of the food processing sector in the state of West Bengal. The Conclave shall address the aspects on the integration of different stakeholders in the supply chain, present and future trends of safety and sustainability in food processing sector. The scheme of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana would also be discussed. There would be a special Government to Business (G2B) Session to discuss the available opportunities in the food processing sector in West Bengal. Farmer producer organizations, aggregators, local vendors/MSME players and procurement personnel of large-scale industry players will get the desired forum of market linkage through the Business to Business (B2B) session.